While it is true that a large portion of added sugars in our diet come from hidden sources (like sauces, snacks and other packaged foods), a major contributor of our sugar intake is from the obvious foods like desserts, candies and chocolates. This being said, moderating our intake of these foods can help us to reach that 5% goal. Of course, having the occasional baked good at the coffee shop or a slice of pumpkin pie at a holiday dinner is nothing to concern over (after all, treat yourself sometimes!). But, if you tend to rely on sugary foods for a quick energy fix, you may want to consider breaking the habit to help you achieve your health goals.
Leigh Merotto is a Registered Dietitian in downtown Toronto specializing in nutrition for exercise performance, digestive health, disease prevention & wellness. She is passionate about helping others fuel, nourish & thrive to their fullest potential with personalized nutrition.